Marcon International Inc of Coupeville, Washington in the USA has been appointed as broker to sell the specially designed newbuild hover or air cushion barge Monty.
Marcon International Inc of Coupeville, Washington in the USA has been appointed as broker by the court appointed Interim Receiver and Receiver of Redfern Resources Ltd of British Columbia in nearby Canada to sell the specially designed newbuild hover or air cushion barge Monty. The 210" by 82' Monty was being built by Sundial Marine Construction of Troutdale in Oregon for Redfern Resources. Redfern planned to haul supplies in and mineral ore concentrates out from a multi-metal gold, zinc, copper and lead mine on the Tulsequah River in Canada, 40 miles northeast of Juneau, Alaska. From Juneau, the ore was to be barged to the Skagway Ore Terminal where it could be loaded onto ships bound for smelters in Asia. The mine was scheduled to start production in August 2010, but construction has been suspended.
The Monty is a unique barge designed by Hovertrans Ltd. and engineered by BMT Nigel Gee in the UK to hover about 5' above the surface while carrying a payload of some 450 tons of deck cargo on a 9,000 sq/ft clear deck. A covered moonpool is located in the centre of the barge.
The unit is remotely controlled and can be towed over shallow water, ice, swamps, marsh, mudflats or land. When conditions allow, the barge can be moved by a shallow draft tug or pushboat. In the winter, or in other difficult conditions, the barge can be moved by tractors or amphibious vehicles such as an Amphitrac. Monty is built of DH-36 low temperature (minus 20 degree Fahrenheit) steel and fitted with four muffled CAT 3412 diesel engines enclosed in sound attenuated aluminium houses which drive the Woodcock and Wilson fans to provide lift in the hover mode.
The barge is nearly complete and presently sitting out of the water. It can reportedly be delivered about one month after purchase. Monty is offered for sale by the Receiver on a strictly "as is, where is basis, with the buyer to negotiate separately with the builder, paying separately for any work the buyer may wish the builder to complete.
The hover barge is a good candidate to operate in environmentally sensitive habitats for year round hauling of high value cargoes, conducting geophysical surveys or drilling/coring operations, providing ro-ro ferry services, ice breaking, or simply accessing remote construction sites worldwide.
Despite the economic crisis, Marcon has booked 44 sales and three charters so far for 2009. Sixteen tugs totaling 51,438 bhp have been sold or chartered to date this year, compared to a record of 22 at 115,223 bhp last year.